When opening a new business there is a bit of Murphy’s Law that likes to get you. Murphy has been extra busy for us when it comes to our produce section AND the electrical system in our hundred-year old building. Our specialized cooler took twice as long to be constructed as was promised, and three times as long to be delivered, then it was dropped off at our door without warning and no way to get it into the building. After lots of people, equipment and improvising at its finest, we got it into place just to discover that it was incompatible with our electrical system. UGH! It took way longer than expected, but our electrician assures us that it will be up and running today–just in time for our large produce order arriving tomorrow (Saturday, the 12th)! It’s almost comical the series of events that took place just to offer lettuce, but that just comes with the territory of a historical building.
So thank you for your patience community of Hope/East Hope. We now have produce! Lettuce, cabbage, salad, salad dressings, celery, apples, pears, carrots, etc. etc. (this includes local produce, like Moose Meadows Farm). Finally you will not need to run all the way into town for your perishables!
The coffee shop/bakery is officially OPEN!
Please excuse the mess of the remodel, as it will still be another month or two for the grocery store side of the business. Half of the inside of the building is still under remodel, plus the building still needs to be painted, the landscaping needs clearing, and the parking lot needs to be installed… BUT in the meantime half of the the inside is complete and we are open to enjoy a nice Evans Bros latte, espresso, cappuccino or cup of coffee and our fresh baked cinnamon rolls, bagels, pretzels, scones, muffins and more! Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the lake view, meet with neighbors, read a book or surf the internet with our free wifi. We have gluten-free options, too!
We can’t wait to see you!
Open Monday thru Saturday, 7am-4pm. (temporary hours until the grocery store is complete).
We are not yet ready to open, BUT our baker is practicing away in the kitchen so we have lots of free samples! Stop on by today from 8-4 to see our progress and taste some goodies.
We are the Davis Family: Ross, Jamie and our three kids Liam, Piper and Helena. We are SO excited to be embarking on this adventure. We have lived in East Hope for over two years and we know this is our forever home. So we are putting down roots and living our dream.
Ross has been a journeyman grocer for over 15 years. When we arrived in Hope and saw the marketplace, it was love at first sight and Ross knew that he belonged there, even though he wasn’t sure how at the time. Through a twist of fate he met the owner of the marketplace since 2000, Kally Thurman, while working at Monarch School in Heron, Montana. Ross was working as an LSI and Kally was there part time as the art teacher. And as one door closed–literally, Monarch’s doors closed–another opened. Kally was ready to retire and Ross was ready to work on his dream. His wife, Dr. Jamie Davis, was already renting one of the cabins for her acupuncture practice, so it just made sense to take on the whole property.
While the transition is unfolding and the myriad of details are being attended to before opening day, we have been getting a lot of questions. So here is a sneak preview of our vision for the future of the market.
What is currently known as the Marketplace will be transformed into “Davis Grocery & Mercantile.” We added the mercantile to the name to pay tribute to the original Ninneman Mercantile Company that was on the property in 1904. This place is FULL of history, so it is important to us to preserve it. But that being said, we are a grocery store first and foremost. We will also be offering a bakery/cafe/coffeeshop with baked goods, coffee, soups and sandwiches. Our grocery store will be full service, with fresh produce, flowers, meat, dairy, eggs, and several brand names including organic options, like Natural Directions and Full Circle brands.
We are also really excited about the Hope History Museum aspect to the store. Hope, Idaho has a rich and full history, and this site and the many businesses that have come and gone over the last 116 years is no exception. So we have been collecting artifacts and photographs of the history of Hope and will display them and the story of Hope around the store. In fact, the “theme” of the store is circa 1928, in honor of Ray Lewis that rebuilt the building that year after a fire. We will also have lots of photographs as well in honor of the Butler family who ran the store from 1934 to 1976.
We see DG&M as a community one-stop. Groceries, coffee, history–a beautiful space to gather and enjoy our community. We see our community coming by for some coffee and chatting on the deck in the summer or sitting around the fire in the winter. We will have Farmer’s markets so our local farmers can sell their produce and artisan wares. We see our customers stopping by after getting the mail at the post office or grabbing a cup of tea after getting an acupuncture treatment next door. Yes we are a grocery store, but we see it as so much more than that.
Ok, so here’s the nuts and bolts based off common questions:
So that’s about the gist of it. This is a dream come true for us and we are so excited to share it with our community.
See you soon!!